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Sometimes comedy can grow out of tragedy. That was the case for Jay Martin, who lost both his brother and his mother before he hit 16. Rather than let people feel sorry for him, Jay turned to comedy as a way to deal with the pain of her death, and avoid some of the social awkwardness he experienced during his grieving process.
About six years ago, Jay was working at Bell Canada, and one night he decided to try stand-up comedy for the first time ever. But as he did his stand-up, someone interesting was sitting in the audience: Russell Peters. Russell was so impressed with Jay that he invited him to join his tour, right then and there. That was just the boost Jay needed: he started booking solid stand-up gigs from there on out.
These days, comedy is Jay's career, and business is booming. He's opened for Russell Peters, Jamie Foxx, Brian McKnight, and many others. He produced Cedric the Entertainer's show in Toronto, and now he's a headliner in his own right. And one other thing about Jay - he grew up with George. They'll get into their shared history in their Malton neighbourhood.